Soundtrack to a Suicide: “Cough Syrup” Artists React to Controversial Song
What’s it like having your song used in one of the heaviest scenes on Glee in recent memory? That’s just what Billboard.com asked Young the Giant, whose tune “Cough Syrup” accompanied Monday’s heartbreaking Karofsky suicide attempt.
Glee’s version of the song, as performed by Darren Criss (Blaine) — didn’t spark an immediate positive reaction, but not exactly for the reason you might think…
“Obviously there is that initial feeling of, ‘Oh yeah, it’s Glee,’ and none of us watch Glee and there are some problems with that,” frontman Sameer Gahia told them. “But at the end of the day I think we’re happier people are watching something that’s music based. There’s so much bulls*** on television.”
He continued, “With Glee, there are a lot of people that it really strikes a chord with and they feel emotional about it and it appeals to them enough to watch it every week. There’s nothing we can say about that. We’re open for all applications for the music… and just excited and gracious and happy that people want to use our stuff.”
And as for the impact of the scenes in which their song appeared, Gahia said that though it wasn’t in line with the band’s original intent for the song, they were appreciative of being included in such an important scene.
“It’s very, very intense, very, very impactful,” he said. “And we most definitely empathized with that. All of us have been victims of bullying — and been bullies at some point in time. It’s something that hits everyone.”